LAWS11060 - Criminal Law
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit examines the scope of criminal law in Queensland. Particular focus is on the study of the elements to prove criminal law offences beyond a reasonable doubt including murder, manslaughter, assault and property and the availability and application of defences as specified in the Queensland Criminal Code to enable a strong defence case.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Corequisite: LAWS11057

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 40%
2. Written Assessment 60%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
There was high satisfaction with the teaching of skills to assist students with assignment preparation. Further, students suggested at least 1 day of a weekend be included in the final take home paper. Communication between students and course co-ordinator. The course will continue to provide materials and live sessions focused on the teaching of skills to equip students with the ability to complete their assessment tasks. Further, where possible the course co-ordinator will attempt to include 1 day from a weekend into the duration of the final take home paper.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Identify and explain criminal law offences, elements of a criminal offence or defence, and the onus and burden of proof.
  2. Research and apply principles of criminal law in Queensland as expressed in legislation and case law to the analysis of criminal law problems.
  3. Demonstrate skills in communication, critical legal thinking and reasoning.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving  
3. Critical Thinking    
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work      
6. Information Technology Competence      
7. Cross Cultural Competence      
8. Ethical practice      

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment        
2 - Written Assessment        

Prescribed Textbooks

Carter's Criminal Law of Queensland
Author/s: Shanahan et al Year: 2016
Edition: 21st ed Publisher: Lexis Nexis Butterworths
City: Chatswood State: NSW
Country: Australia
Principles of Criminal Law in Queensland and Western Australia
Author/s: Burton., K. Year: 2015
Edition: 2nd Ed Publisher: Lawbook Co. Thomson Reuters
City: Sydney State: NSW
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

In addition to the prescribed text book students are encouraged to purchase a law dictionary. A law dictionary will assist in the understanding of key legal terms in this course and for all law courses studied in the Bachelor of Laws. Further, a law dictionary provides direction for research as terms are referenced with case law and statute.

The following law dictionaries are recommended:

T.Mann, Australian Law Dictionary, (Oxford University Press, 2nd Ed, 2013) or

P.Butt, Lexis Nexis Concise Australian Law Dictionary, (Lexis Nexis, 4th Ed, 2011).

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • iTunesU
All submissions for this unit must use the Australian Guide to Legal Citation, 3rd ed referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorLance Rundle (l.rundle@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Introduction to Criminal Law and Skills Topic Sentencing

Burton Chapter 1 and 16

Week 2 13-03-2017

Inchoate Liability

Burton Chapter 14
Week 3 20-03-2017

Secondary Liability and Skills Topic Bail

Burton Chapter 15 and Chapter 2 pp 40-48

Week 4 27-03-2017

Homicide

Burton Chapter 4

Written Assessment- Practical Skills Task Due Friday (31 Mar 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 5 03-04-2017

Assault and Sexual Assault

Burton Chapter 5 and 6

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Offences Relating to Property- Stealing and Robbery

Burton Chapter 7

Week 7 24-04-2017

Offences Relating to Property- Burglary, Receiving, Fraud and Drug Offences

Burton Chapter 7 and 8

Week 8 01-05-2017

Defences- Mistake

Burton Chapter 13

Week 9 08-05-2017

Defences- Self Help and Provocation

Burton Chapter 10 and Chapter 9 pp 285- 295

Week 10 15-05-2017

Mental Disease Insanity

Burton Chapter 12

Week 11 22-05-2017

Intoxication

Burton Chapter 12

Week 12 29-05-2017

Skills Topic: Research, Preparation, Legal Reasoning and Writing in Law, and Revision

Written Assessment- Final Take Home Paper Due Wednesday (31 May 17) 12:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment- Practical Skills Task
Task Description

You will be presented with a problem scenario, the assessment question will be released on Moodle. You will be required to undertake research of legislation and case law and apply this research to support your legal argument and conclusion.

Assessment Due Date Week 4 Friday (31-Mar-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
To be uploaded on Moodle as a word document
Return Date to Students Week 7 Friday (28-Apr-2017)
The assessment with feedback will be returned after all students in this course, including those with an approved extension, have submitted their assessment.
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

You will be assessed on your research skills, your ability to reference case law and reference legislation so as to outline your legal argument linking the law to the problem scenario using concise, clear and grammatically correct language.

Referencing Style Australian Guide to Legal Citation, 3rd ed
Submission Online

To be uploaded on Moodle in a word document.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Identify and explain criminal law offences, elements of a criminal offence or defence, and the onus and burden of proof.

2. Research and apply principles of criminal law in Queensland as expressed in legislation and case law to the analysis of criminal law problems.

3. Demonstrate skills in communication, critical legal thinking and reasoning.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment- Final Take Home Paper
Task Description

The Final Take Home Paper will be released on Moodle in week 12. The assessment will comprise criminal law problem scenarios requiring legal argument based on legislation and case law.

You must upload your answer on Moodle in a word document.

This assessment task must be completed by the due date in week 12. In the absence of an approved extension, there will be no opportunity to complete the task after this date and there will be no opportunity to apply a late penalty of five per cent per day and you will receive a mark of zero for this assessment task.
Assessment Due Date Week 12 Wednesday (31-May-2017) 12:00 PM AEST
To be uploaded on Moodle as a word document
Return Date to Students The Final Take Home Paper will not be returned to students.
Weighting 60%
Assessment Criteria

You will be assessed on your ability to outline your legal argument linking the law with the problem scenario using concise, clear and grammatically correct communication. This includes referring to case law and the elements of the legislation to support your legal argument.

Referencing Style Australian Guide to Legal Citation, 3rd ed
Submission Online

To be uploaded on Moodle as a word document

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Identify and explain criminal law offences, elements of a criminal offence or defence, and the onus and burden of proof.

2. Research and apply principles of criminal law in Queensland as expressed in legislation and case law to the analysis of criminal law problems.

3. Demonstrate skills in communication, critical legal thinking and reasoning.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy




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